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Past Events

WCAA 2017 Interim meeting (at CASCA/IUAES2017, Ottawa)

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WCAA 2016 Delegates meeting (at AAA2016, Minneapolis)

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WCAA 2016 biennial meeting (at IUAES2016, Dubrownik)

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WCAA 2015 Delegates meeting (at IUAES2015, Bangkok)

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WCAA 2014 interim meeting (at AAA2014, Washington DC)

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Agenda (PDF)

WCAA 2014 biennial meeting (Taipei)

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Agenda (PDF); Reports (PDF)
Conference programme (PDF); WCAA Panel abstracts (PDF); WCAA participants and abstracts (PDF)

WCAA 2014 interim meeting (at IUAES2014)

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WCAA 2013 interim meeting (at AAA2013)

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WCAA 2013 interim meeting (at IUAES2013)

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WCAA 2012 biennial meeting (at ASA2012)

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WCAA interim meeting (at AAA2011)

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WCAA interim meeting (at AAA2010)

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WCAA 2010 biennial meeting (at EASA2010)

More than 20 international delegates met, discussed, amended Article 5 of the constitution and elected new OC members.

Maynooth International Delegates

Image: WCAA international delegates in Maynooth

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WCAA symposium and business meeting, Kunming, July 09

This symposium was an open forum at which cooperative efforts to facilitate international communication and collaboration among anthropologists and anthropological associations were discussed. Representatives of all WCAA member associations present at the 2009 IUAES World Congress were invited to contribute to the meeting, together with key representatives of the IUAES. The discussion focused on the different roles of the WCAA, IUAES, regional and national associations, asking what each can accomplish and how we can support one another’s endeavours. Individual presentations focused on specific tasks within the overall goal of advancing cooperation and participation within the discipline globally. The discussion explored how such important tasks may be accomplished through existing institutional resources and collaborations. Each representative at the meeting was asked to report back to their governing board and membership on our ideas and proposals for collaboration.

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WCAA meeting, Osaka, June 08

The second face-to-face meeting of Presidents and International Delegates of the member associations of the WCAA, benefited greatly from the participation of Leslie Aiello, President of the Wenner-Gren Foundation. This was an invaluable opportunity to:

The resulting statement can be viewed here.

WCAA Presidential Session at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, December 2007, Washington D.C.

Difference and (in)equality within world anthropologies
Organizers: Gustavo Lins Ribeiro (Universidade de Brasilia) and Junji Koizumi (Osaka University)
Chair: Thomas A Reuter (Monash University)

Spanish professional anthropology outside academia? A case study
Hugo Valenzuela (Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona), Jose L Molina (Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona)

Elephants, colonials, solitudes and 'Indians': producing anthropology in English-speaking Canada
Julia D Harrison (Trent University)

Troubled partnership: western anthropologists vs. postsocialist ethnologists
Michal J Buchowski (U Poznan)

What happened to the "native point of view" in anthropology? The postcolonial shift
Francine Saillant (Universite Laval)

Dialogical and power differences in world anthropologies
Luis R Cardoso de Oliveira (U Brasilia)

A comparative framework for analyzing the international space in anthropology discussion
Benoit de L'Estoile (CNRS)

These papers will be made available here as working papers: they may be cited or quoted, but the author's name, paper title and the URL must be explicitly indicated.

WCAA debates on the public image of anthropology, 2006

Junji Koizumi, WCAA's facilitator, and João de Pina Cabral (a member of the Council's Advisory Board) convened a workshop, The Public Image of Anthropology, during EASA06 in Bristol, UK. The workshop revolved around the question: why does there seem to be a problem with the public understanding of what anthropology is all about? Read more detail.

John Gledhill and Gustavo Lins Ribeiro (members of WCAA's Executive Secretariat) convened another session on the public image of anthropology, at Transcending Postcolonial Conditions: towards alternative modernities - the conference co-sponsored by Anthropology Southern Africa, the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences and the Pan-African Anthropological Association, held at the University of Cape Town, December 2006. The focus was on how anthropologists engage the public sphere in different countries and how we might achieve new, and more supportive, public profiles as we contend with these other problems.

The foundation of the WCAA, June 2004

The presidents of the associations for Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States attended the meeting. The Japanese society sent its director of international relations. The presidents of the following international associations were also present: European Association of Social Anthropologists; International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences; Latin American Association of Anthropology; Pan African Anthropological Association.

After discussing several possible mechanisms and initiatives to increase international cooperation in anthropology, participants of the conference wholeheartedly decided to create the World Council of Anthropological Associations. This network is open to new members and has as its primary objectives to promote (a) the discipline of anthropology in an international context; (b) cooperation and the sharing of information among world anthropologists; (c) jointly organized events of scientific debate and cooperation in research activities and dissemination of anthropological knowledge. Besides the fact that anthropologists are always prone to acknowledge the value of diversity, there are other reasons why WCAA is an idea that quickly became a reality. It is based on a democratic vision of how anthropologies should intercommunicate and cooperate in a global era. WCAA represents the recognition that now is the time to start new, more horizontal modes of exchange and dissemination of knowledge among world anthropologies. Hopefully, the 2004 Recife conference was just the first in several events designed to implement new institutional policies with a view to promoting greater visibility for diversity in anthropological production worldwide. It undoubtedly initiated a process bound to deepen international cooperation in anthropology in a more cosmopolitan vein. By bringing the leaders of anthropological associations together for a dialogue on the construction of democratic and heteroglossic communication across national boundaries, WCAA seeks to bring about the internationalization of the profession in such a way so as to deal with the challenges of a transnational world.

In April 2005, the Catalan association joined the WCAA. We are confident that the Council will keep growing over the next few years.

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